Flavor Your Life Virtual Influencer Event Review

It isn’t every day you get to attend a virtual event that features both Alissa Mattei and Riccardo Zanni, but I recently was invited to participate, thanks to Flavor Your Life and Mom’s Meet and it was just as fun as I imagined!

Alissa Mattei – Alissa Mattei is an organic chemist, professional taster, recipe developer, and consultant. She has published numerous scientific articles and patents, has worked as a consultant for a multitude of companies and associations, and has organized tastings and scientific courses around the world. Additionally, she writes recipes from Tuscany and other Italian regions that incorporate olive oil. Today, she is the President of the Knoil Association, a non-profit who shares the culture of extra virgin olive oil, as well as an AIFO panel leader.

I loved watching Alissa sharing how recipes work together to make amazing dishes. I can’t wait to try some of her recipes she was so knowledgeable and informative.

Riccardo Zanni – Chef Zanni has four generations of cooking experience from his family, which has owned a restaurant since 1934. His experience includes working in a Michelin star restaurant and managing the food business at the Grand Hotel Palace of Rome (five luxury stars). He has traveled all over the world, cooking traditional Italian dishes and learning other cooking styles. Chef Zanni has taught cooking in Italy since 2005, including at the European Bachelor of The Cordon Bleu in Florence. Currently, he serves as the chef of Bonifiche Ferraresi, one of the largest agricultural producers in Italy.

Riccardo is so creative in the kitchen, his world travel makes him fun to watch while he is creating masterpieces. I was excited to try the extra virgin olive oil he used while demonstrating some of his recipes. His food looked amazing! I learned to cook olive oil on a low temperature to ensure the flavor stays in the ingredients!

Some information about the Flavor Your Life Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  1. Extra virgin olive oil is made by pressing olive oil, without heat or chemicals; it’s known as the first cold pressed olive oil.
  2. Olive oils are tested for peroxide values. Lower values indicate fresher oil and more rapid processing.
  3. Extra virgin olive oil is virtually free of aciditybelow 0.8%. If the percentage of oleic acid (fatty acid) is too high, it indicates improper production and rancidity.
  4. A panel of trained, expert tasters tests for taste defects and the presence of positive attributes of fruitiness, bitterness, and spiciness. If the oil doesn’t have the signature fruity taste and harmonious balance, it won’t receive an Extra Virgin rating.
  5. Extra virgin olive oil has a high smoking point of 400°F, so it is suitable for cooking and baking.
  6. Between use, store your oil somewhere dark and cool (around 57°F, if possible), not on the counter or near a stove, and never in the refrigerator. Keep the lid screwed on tight, and use your oil within six months of opening.
About Le Stagioni d’ Italia
● Le Stagioni d’ Italia takes great pride in bringing authentic Italian foods from seed to
shelf, selecting seeds, harvesting crops, and packaging foods in their state-of-the-art
production facilities in Northern Italy.
● Le Stagioni d’ Italia’s short, fully traceable supply chain is guaranteed sustainable and the
great care they take with processing creates exceptional taste.
100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the first cold pressed olive oil from the first round
of extraction of fresh, intact olivesit has not been heated during processing, so it retains
its full nutritional value.
Harvested in Italy, it is vegan, gluten free, and contains no additives or preservatives.
It has a robust flavor of artichoke and almond, with a medium bitter and spicy aftertaste,
as well as a green, ripe, fruity aroma with a leafy feel.
100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil typically retails for $19.99 for a 500 mL bottle.
After attending the event I felt more confident in trying these amazing ingredients and making a dish. I made a deer sausage, squash and rice dish that was amazing!
Add one link sausage (I used deer sausage).
Add three squash, I cut up small,
1/2 onion &
season with Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 
For the rice I used Le Stagioni d’ Italia. 

This was the best, whitest, greatest textured rice I have ever tried!
The end result!
I can’t wait to try more recipes using this amazing Flavor Your Life ingredients!
“I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions.
Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.”

How to Throw a Dinner Party With a Difference

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When planning a dinner party, you want to make yours something different – not like everyone else’s you have been to before. You could do a theme or put on food which is a bit ‘out there,’ or you could make a few simple little twists and make it a dinner party with a difference. 

 

Invite People Who Don’t Know Each Other

While many people do this anyway, it’s worth putting on this list because it’s important. Inviting people who don’t know each other to your dinner party allows for a far more interesting conversation. Instead of it just being the usual group of mates who hang out anyway, bringing people together who might not normally meet can be really fun. You might see some fantastic debates or spark some special friendships. 

 

Have Everyone Bring A Dish

It can be fun to ask people to bring something to your dinner party. This could be a pot-luck idea where you don’t know what everyone is bringing, or it could be a dish that you have told them to bring. It doesn’t even have to be a main part of the dinner but perhaps some taster dishes to show people their favorite dish or small for a starter buffet. Think aloo tikki, homemade dips, canapes, or a taster of your favorite meatballs. 

 

Cook only show-stopping dishes

Impress! Don’t go half-hearted, this dinner party is where you go all out. By show-stopping dishes, this doesn’t mean that it has to look like a Michelin starred restaurant, but what it does mean is that it has to taste amazing. Whatever you serve, make sure that it’s something you do really really well, and everyone who’s ever tried it loves it. 

 

Play Games

You’re never too old to play games, and at a dinner party, there’s no better time. It could be post-its on your head for a quick round of ‘Who Am I’ in between courses, the After Eight game once you have finished, or even cracking out the board games. There are some fabulous dinner party games out there, so have a look and see what you think would suit your crowd. 

 

Serve A Signature Cocktail

When everyone arrives, don’t ask them what they want to drink, simply serve them your signature dinner party cocktail. Make it something easy to make, something that looks cool tastes delicious and has a snappy personal name.

 

Sharing Platters

Rather than the main meal, why not serve sharing platters? This way, there’s more food for people to try, and people love the relaxed atmosphere of sharing food. It also brings people closer and is a really nice way for people to eat. 

 

Use Different Rooms of the House

It’s a really nice idea to use different rooms of the house for different things. For example, you could have one room as your reception room where you mingle and drink in the beginning. Move somewhere else to eat your dinner, and then another room could be the dessert room. Finish off in the lounge or garden or play games or have a party.